Lisa Loeb is a rarity in the music industry. She released her first single -- the gentle "Stay," taken from the Reality Bites soundtrack -- before she was signed to any record label and saw it hit number one. Record companies were eager to sign her, and she eventually settled with Geffen. Instead of rushing out her debut album, she waited over a year, releasing Tails in the fall of 1995. Surprisingly, it didn't fade away, becoming a hit with adult alternative radio stations and listeners. That's because Tails delivers on the promise of "Stay." While the basic folk-rock elements of the song are present, much of the material on the record doesn't sound like her breakthrough hit; there are some distorted guitars here and there, and she even rocks out a little bit. Nothing on Tails is as good as "Stay," either; there are too many sophomoric lyrics and unfinished melodies, but it is a pleasant record and, in its own way, charming. There is an innocence and naïveté about Loeb that makes her music sweetly ingratiating, even when her ideas are underdeveloped.
Performance CreditsLisa Loeb & Nine Stories Primary Artist,Track Performer
Lisa Loeb Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Forman Percussion
Dan Littleton Electric Guitar
Juan Patino Piano,Vocal Harmony
Tim Bright Electric Guitar
Elizabeth Mitchell Vocal Harmony
Joe Quigley Bass
Jesse Harris Acoustic Guitar
Joseph Lin Violin
Jennifer Frautschi Violin
Eric Gaenslen Cello
Technical CreditsLisa Loeb Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Juan Patino Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Ed Fotheringham Illustrations
Ben Loeb String Arrangements
Dan Coleman String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
lisa loeb is the best, right on the spot singer and i absolutly adore her singing.
While driving down the busy highways or even a barren road, listening to Lisa Loeb's tracks on this CD will soothe the mind. Her voice is not a melodic sound like Faith Hill, but rather a clear, crisp voice. I especially like the songs Stay and Do You Sleep on this CD. Both of these songs I can relate to, and I love listening to this CD when I need some inspiration. After a tough day or even bad mood, Lisa Loeb's words make me feel better. The songs on this CD are her best yet, and really come from the heart. It is definitely a good investment and well worth the money.
i thought tails was a great album.Allthough it had depressing songs, it was very realistic.The songs made you fell like you wrote them.I enjoyed this album and I think almost anybody would.****